City Hall School

City Hall School

Campus Calgary City of Calgary

City Hall School is a Campus Calgary program. Students visit downtown space to learn about being an active citizen, understand city design, and how to build communities. Students use journaling to notice, wonder, think, and feel about the spaces around them. Students get to meet with the mayor, their councillor, City of Calgary experts and community experts. Students go on many community walks around the downtown core.

Campus Calgary/Open Minds is an innovative school program that brings the classroom to vibrant community settings. Teachers, students, and community experts come together for a week-long curriculum-based experience, designed to meet the needs of each individual learner. The City of Calgary hosts Campus Calgary the municipal building to encourage citizenship.


All Bachelor of Education students


Come join students from all over Calgary to explore how the city works and students can have a voice.


Fall: October to December

Winter: January to mid-March
The time commitment will be around 1 day of the week. It could be half-or full-days.


Municipal Building 800 Macleod Trail SE.
There may be some days when students get dropped off in other locations downtown

City Hall School Logistics


    What's Involved

    Pre-Service teacher will

    • Engage in conversations with students
    • Help control walking as a large group downtown
    • Encourage students to participate
    • Learn from experts and teachers
    • Help with small tasks throughout the day


    • Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening. Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    • Develop cross-cultural competencies related to language, culture, and place.
    • Examine how programs and educators create communities that are conducive to teaching and learning
    • Examine how teaching and learning take place in other contexts
    • Gain experience working with youth in a classroom setting
    • Gain experience working with youth in a small group setting
    • Model positive behaviour for children, youth, teachers, and parents
    • Share and receive knowledge regarding teacher education and teaching practice

    Werklund Dates and Times

    FALL 2023 (Application is now closed.)

    • Werklund Fall 2023 Wrap-Up Session: Friday, December 8, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom)
    • Fall 2023 Placements End: mid-December

    WINTER 2024

    • Winter 2024 application will open on November 20, 2024.
    • Werklund Winter 2024 Orientation: Monday, December 11, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom) 
    • Winter 2024 Placements Start: early January (program dependent)
    • Werklund Winter 2024 Check-In Session: Monday, January 29 at
      • 9:30 am - 10:30 am (in-person) or
      • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Zoom)
    • Werklund Winter 2024 Wrap-Up Session: Tuesday, March 12, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Zoom)
    • Winter 2024 Placements End: mid-March (program dependent)

    City Hall School Dates

    • Placements begin: January 2024
    • Placements end: mid-March 2024
    • Training Session: TBA; January 2024
    • The program takes place on school days. Times depend on school schedule.

    In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 20 hours for their service-learning experience

    Making Connections

    • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their volunteering experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund student experiences later in the year.
    • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the community placement experience and to guide improvements for the program.

    Service-Learning group

    Winter 2024 applications are now closed.

    Interested in applying for a future semester?

    1. Log on to Elevate and go to My Werklund Experiences > Courses/Programs
    2. Find the Service-Learning program and click Apply
    3. Complete the Service-Learning Application

    Download an application guide here.

    Apply on Elevate!

    This experience has opened our eyes up to the opportunities that exist in our downtown and our more immediate communities for learning about the community as a whole

    Grade 6 Teacher